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This topic contains 14 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  gizmo 11 years, 11 months ago.

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  • #4926

    chrios
    Participant

    hi i am in my last year of doing my A Levels and i am starting to apply for Cao courses. i have been thinking about what i want to do when i leave for university. i have decided to try and get into the games industry. what i would like to do is animation or 3D modelling. from reading your posts through the forums it looks like everybody agrees that the best thing to do is get a good qualification before somebody tries to learn some thing specific. well what i was trying to say is are there any courses in ireland that would allow me to do animation or 3D modelling also should i do a different course first and then do a games course later on. i live in Leitrim and am thinking of going to letterkenny in Donegal. i would be grateful for any advice. thanks

  • #28712

    Idora
    Participant

    if you want to move into art (3D, animation, or whatever specialism) then you can’t beat a solid foundation in the basics of drawing, colour theory, form, etc. so I would recommend a fine arts degree of some kind

  • #28738

    aphra
    Keymaster

    so that would mean the National College of Art and Design or Dun Laoghaire Instiute of Art and Design. Ballyfermot Senior College in Dublin also has relevant courses. These three are all dublin. anyone know of any elsewhere?

    Aphra.

  • #28747

    Idora
    Participant

    Crawford in Cork, for one. Am sure there’s more

  • #28760

    chrios
    Participant

    is there any courses in sligo, i’m not sure

  • #28774

    jediboy
    Participant

    The Art College in Belfast. University of Ulster, York Street. Year after year, deliver the highest calibre of Art Graduate on the Island.

    They have a foundation year, which encompasses a variety of modules including photography, life drawing, perspective drawing, all core principles which are used in modelling & animation.

    There are dedicated courses in England and Wales. Get your hands on a magazine called 3D World Mag, or GAME, or EDGE and there are always plenty of courses advertised within their golden pages…

    B.

  • #28779

    aphra
    Keymaster

    isn’t that college in Belfast undergoing a complete refurbishment at the moment? They got a load of money too to start up a new research centre last year, see http://www.ulster.ac.uk/jobs/institutes/art/research.html

    Aphra.

  • #28780

    jediboy
    Participant

    Aphra,

    your bang on the money. it is getting a full overhaul, and will be ship-shape come September. It is still in use by students during this semester.

    Highly recommend it.

    B.

  • #28781

    judesherry
    Participant

    Id personally recommend a course either in animation or in industrial design.
    The beauty with industrial design is it teaches you transferable skills that can be used in industry. The different areas people go into after the course are huge and a blot big games companies look for industrial designers specifically because of their brilliant 3d skills (guerrilla games had an add in the edge looking for industrial designers). I could be wrong here but would fine arts not be too traditional in terms of medium whereas something like industrial design emphasises a lot of combining new technology with traditional methods. You do a lot of 3d modelling in industrial design.

  • #28784

    Ronny
    Participant

    isn’t that college in Belfast undergoing a complete refurbishment at the moment? They got a load of money too to start up a new research centre last year, see http://www.ulster.ac.uk/jobs/institutes/art/research.html

    Aphra.[/quote:50cea790ae]
    The Belfast campus will now almost exclusively focus on art and design. The older courses are being shipped off to Jordanstown. They just don’t have the space in the city centre to expand, so the fields of Jordanstown is a more sensible location. (Though getting a bus there can be a pain. Never again!)

  • #28785

    aphra
    Keymaster

    gosh that is not too bad ronny, we used to have to drive to Jordanstown from Coleraine for meetings- the beauty of a five campus University!

    aphra

  • #28794

    Ronny
    Participant

    gosh that is not too bad ronny, we used to have to drive to Jordanstown from Coleraine for meetings- the beauty of a five campus University!

    aphra[/quote:82065cfe5c]
    Maybe, but did you have a group of rowdy kids in the car going crazy over getting their ‘independence’ and being ‘mature’??

  • #28799

    aphra
    Keymaster

    a crowd of academics are just as bad, believe me!

    Aphra.

  • #28802

    Idora
    Participant

    I could be wrong here but would fine arts not be too traditional in terms of medium whereas something like industrial design emphasises a lot of combining new technology with traditional methods. You do a lot of 3d modelling in industrial design.[/quote:b151bf9037]you might well be right, judesherry – I was emphasising the ‘foundational’ – i.e. being able to draw, etc. as essential rather than as optional extras. And to echo your point, some of the best designers I know have a background in industrial design

  • #28807

    gizmo
    Participant

    a crowd of academics are just as bad, believe me!

    Aphra.[/quote:9f8fde3192]
    Indeed, the old adage of “If you had brains you’d be dangerous” comes to mind. :D

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